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Big Insurers Are Tentative About Health Law’s Marketplaces

Reuters reports that some of the nation's largest insurers are wary about jumping into the online marketplaces slated to open for enrollment in October. Meanwhile, CQ Health Beat tracks worries from some officials about consumer outreach.

Reuters: Analysis: Big Insurers Wary Of Entering New Obamacare Markets
The nation's largest health insurers are far from leaping at the chance to join new state health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, making it likely that some markets will have little or no competition next year. … But health insurers, some of whom fought the law before it was passed and continue to lobby to reverse parts of it, are wary. In recent days, executives at the four largest U.S. health insurers say they are likely to sell insurance plans on less than a third of the exchanges, reluctant to venture out beyond the states where they already offer coverage (Humer, 5/2).

CQ Health Beat: Federal Exchange Unlikely to Slim Down Soon
The 33 states that have left it to federal officials to operate part or all of their health law insurance marketplaces in 2014 are unlikely to change their minds in 2015 or soon after, experts suggested on Thursday (Reichard, 5/2).

CQ Health Beat: State Exchange Officials Worried About Outreach
Even as state officials overseeing state exchanges say they know their marketplaces won't be perfect on Oct. 1, they added their voices Thursday to those in and out of government who have been saying they’re particularly worried about the lack of federal publicity about how to enroll (Adams, 5/2).

In addition, news from Minnesota -

MPR News: The Daily Circuit: Accessing New Health Exchanges In Minnesota's Tribal Nations (Audio)
Gov. Mark Dayton this week named members of the board that will oversee the state's new health insurance exchange, which is scheduled to go live on Oct. 1. The exchange, an online marketplace and a major component of the Affordable Care Act, is designed to help individuals and small businesses in Minnesota find coverage online (Weber, 5/2).

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